“What is Galentine’s Day? Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.”
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Nearly 5 million people watched the Galentine’s Day episode of “Parks and Recreation,” giving the series a boost, according to Merriam-Webster, citing Nielsen Media Research.
Galentine’s Day was mentioned again on episodes in 2012 and 2014, and by 2016, the phrase became popular in publications both in the United States and abroad “as people everywhere embraced the very idea of a holiday for celebrating friendships,” Merriam-Webster explained.
Is It For Women Only?
The root word is “gal,” and that may be off-putting to some men, but it is a celebration of friendship and celebrations aren’t necessarily gender-specific.
Is There A ‘Malentine’s Day’?
There should be, according to Deana Rohlinger, a professor of sociology at Florida State University, who wrote for The Conversation in 2020 that she finds it surprising that an equivalent celebration for men, “Malentine’s Day,” hasn’t caught on.
“If anything, it seems that men should crave such a holiday,” she wrote. “As a sociologist who studies gender, culture and politics, I know that men are reporting that they feel increasingly isolated as they age, and that this isolation can negatively affect their physical and mental health.
“But it seems that a set of cultural pressures prevent a holiday like ‘Malentine’s Day’ from catching on.”